Courses & Talks


HORSE LISTENING CLINIC AT WILDWOODS RIDING CENTRE   8th November 2021

Wildwoods Riding Centre 

Ebbisham Lane,

Walton on the Hill

 Cost £95 per person

6 persons only (4 places left)

Full Day Program watch for details 2021

Or call Carloine on 07745 731 843

Please come prepared to work with horses and be outdoors for the day. Riding boots, jodhpurs, hardhat are essential, also please bring gloves. Leather is better than wool (no bobbles) or cotton, fingerless is fine.

WELCOME:

09.00  – 9.30 Start.

Tea and coffee available.   Introduction by Caroline Baldock

Positive affirmation and Negative affirmation, what is the difference and how do we use it in horse training.

What are the differences  between horses and humans?

How does a horse think?

How should we train horses?

How does PTSD affect horses and what can we do to retrain horses?

INFLUENCING

12:00 – 12:30 – FEEDBACK –  DISCUSSION

12:30 – 1:30  –  LUNCH

13.30 – 14.00 INTRODUCTION TO JOIN- UP WITH BODY LANGUAGE EXERCISES. BRIDLE EXERCISES AND BLIND TRUST WALK.

14.00 – 16.00

JOIN UP  The language of Equus and how to apply in your relationship with the horse. What is the language of Equus?

16:30 to 17.00   FEEDBACK  and  FINISH.

Caroline Baldock has studied equine body language.  She uses Long Reining to train the horse to respond to voice but with control of both reins as in riding. It is a skill which should be better understood and employed as single line lungeing is particularly bad for horses.Caroline spent 4 years working for Monty Roberts on his ranch in California as his literary advisor and course facilitator.  She assisted in the development of his first three books and assisted in the designing and running of his courses.

Caroline has also worked with and is influenced by other natural horse-people such as John Lyons, Crawford Hall and Kim Walnes.  Caroline will be available to facilitate clinics this summer.  Clinics require 5 participants, followed by individual problem solving lessons for those who require extra tuition.

Day Clinic charge: £95 per person. 

Private lesson with Caroline:  £35 per person per hour.

If you have a group, please contact to arrange a clinic date. Also costs can be negociated.

 

Caroline Baldock: 01737 377525 / 07745 831843/ Wildwoods 01737 812146 .

– LONG REINING INTRODUCTION DAY 

–  HORSE BEHAVIOR. An all day course

 – HORSE AGILITY in hand. All day course.

–  LOADING YOUR HORSE –  All day course with certificate to pull a trailer. Call for details.

For more details please contact: Caroline Baldock, via contact page,

or Wildwoods Riding Centre.

Do bring your own horse or to use horses provide by Wildwoods Riding Center.

This day will be devoted to showing how a young horse can be trained to the long reins. Starting a horse one has to understand how a horse reacts to the pressure of training and how to minimize the trauma. We work and discuss the damage that can be done by using methods of training which confuse the horse by muddling up the body language cues the horse understands. This will be a course about behaviour and how best to handle it and to develop the potential of the horse. There are rules; never hit a horse, never shout at a horse, never underestimate your horse’s intelligence. I fear for people who think horses are stupid. They are very patient. In this workshop we will be valuing consistency, commitment, and competence.

We had a study day with my students and visited some of the horses I am working with. It proved to be worthwhile experience for them with lots of hands on with long reins and handling.

I always advise people to arrive at 9.30, which allows them to have a drink meet the other participants and prepare the paperwork.

WHY WE LONG REIN?

By exploring ways the horse can be trained we also evaluate the communication process. We learn from that connection, we become more understanding, receptive and open to change. We enable and support the horse to enjoy his relationship with us and improve his performance levels through exemplary ground handling – good communication, empathy and precise timing – building trust and love. Caroline will share her gentle loading technique, based on communication and empathy.

Caroline’s background as a jockey and her collaboration with Monty Roberts and many other professional horse people over the years has provided her with an insight into equines. She will explain the values of long reining and the use of voice commands.

Caroline believes;

‘Horses were not put into the world to serve mankind, but that is what they have done. They are not here as stepping-stones for war, or sport or pleasure. They are equals in the journey through life, not to be exploited. We need to understand that they have great intelligence and they can think for themselves and learn at great speed. Many of the horses I deal with have been taught to behave dangerously. I offer to you the possibility of learning how sensitive and intelligent horses are and how to get the best out of your horse by giving it time to think by being gentle.’

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 PLEASE BRING:

A signed copy of the disclaimer: 

PLEASE WEAR:

Riding boots

Riding clothes

Hard hat to current standard

Body protector if you require one.

Gloves


Loading Day

Further dates to be posted for  2020

With Caroline Baldock 9.30 – 13.00

This workshop will investigate the problems horses face when asked to load into a trailer or horsebox.

We will be schooling the horses to accept this change in environment by putting the horses through a series of desensitization exercises.

It is important to understand what concerns the horse and what reaction he is likely to have when asked to deal with these concerns.

Wildwoods Riding Centre, Epsom, Surrey. 01737 814 872


Talks

The Muscles of the Horse in Action

Please phone Caroline 07745 831 843

Based on a book by Rolf Becher, ‘Schooling by the Natural Method’, Caroline uses a power point presentation to show the muscles of the horse and how horse training affects these muscles. We begin with the effects of the bearing rein imposed on carriage horses in the 19th century and look at how types of schooling including using long reining, cavaletties, circles and jumping styles can affect your horse’s muscle development.

The Evolution of the Horse

A journey into the evolution of the horse for both adults, and or children. Caroline will use a power point presentation to tell the story of the horse. A complete horse skeleton will be available for study. There is an activity break at half-time.

2 hours with activity breaks.

How the Horse Shaped Epsom

A power point presentation following the history of Epsom and the development of one of the World’s greatest horse races. The talk begins with the Romans and ends with film footage of various Derby’s.

1 hour 30 minutes

My Life With Monty

A power point presentation of Caroline’s life with one of the greatest and best-known and loved horse whisperer’s of the 20th century. It reveals his life and background and the origins of many of his solutions to horse problems. She reveals the genius of this extraordinary horseman.

1 hour 30 minutes

Turkmenistan, the Forgotten Country

An in-depth power point presentation of Turkmenistan and its horses. Caroline visited Turkmenistan twice. She was invited by the government to present a paper on the origin of the Akhal Teke horse.

She brings her knowledge to bear on the origin of the Thoroughbred.

1 hour 30 minutes

Travelling with Louise Firouz in Iran

With a power point presentation Caroline brings to life a journey she made with Louise Firouz to the borders of Turkmenistan with a group of friends and enthusiasts for the Turkoman horse. This comes with a short film.

1 hour 30 minutes

Victorian London

This is a power point presentation of life in Victorian London when horses were the only source of power. Horses had to heave loads up hills, across cobbles, wait in the freezing cold for rich people to be taken home. They had to put up with the horrors of the bearing rein. As this forced the horse’s head up, the under neck muscles over developed and this caused the horse to stumble.

2 hours.


Demonstrations

Caroline is available to book for demonstrations on long reining and horse handling.

She will also ride your horse/s and advise on riding style and training.